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parting (plural partings)

  1. The act of parting or dividing; the state of being parted; division; separation.
  2. A farewell, the act of departing politely.
    • 1816, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the Third, London: Printed for John Murray, [], OCLC 1015450009, canto III, stanza XXIV:
      And there were sudden partings,such as press / The life from out young hearts.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
      But she hugged the soft, stuffed body of the Scarecrow in her arms instead of kissing his painted face, and found she was crying herself at this sorrowful parting from her loving comrades.
  3. (Britain) The dividing line formed by combing the hair in different directions; part (US)
  4. (founding) The surface of the sand of one section of a mould where it meets that of another section.
  5. (chemistry) The separation and determination of alloys; especially, the separation, as by acids, of gold from silver in the assay button.
  6. (geology) A joint or fissure, as in a coal seam.
  7. (nautical) The breaking, as of a cable, by violence.
  8. (mineralogy) Lamellar separation in a crystallized mineral, due to some other cause than cleavage, as to the presence of twinning lamellae.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for parting in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




  1. present participle of part

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